The Many Wonders of Vitamin C

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We begin learning about the importance of vitamin C in grade school but by the time we are adults, we tend to blow it off. Yeah, yeah, yeah, vitamin C to prevent scurvy, drink OJ in the morning, I got it, I got it!

We are just beginning to find out the many wonders of this simple vitamin. It does so much more for us than we ever imagined! If you have a spare tire around your belly that just won’t go away, or if you are looking to reduce diabetic symptoms, maybe you want some cardiovascular support, then vitamin C might be the answer for you! Besides all this, it can improve your immunity, lessen the body’s stress response, quiet inflammation, lower biomarkers which show you might have a risk of heart disease, and encourages sensitivity to insulin. Read also how Vitamin C can help treat cancer.

C-reactive protein is a well-known marker of inflammation. There is quite a bit of evidence that inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, is linked to heart disease, diabetes, even the risk of Alzheimer’s. In one study, subjects who took 500 mg supplements of vitamin C every day had a 24 percent decrease in plasma CRP levels after a two month test period. This study was conducted by the University of California at Berkeley. If this study is confirmed in other tests, then vitamin C could become an important intervention in doctors’ offices all over the world.

When you become injured or develop an infection, your body sends out inflammatory cytokines, which causes your liver to send out those CRP’s. Although scientists don’t know exactly how vitamin C is able to lower these CRP levels, but they believe it might be through the suppression of the production of cytokine.

Another study that was published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research showed that patients with type 2 diabetes that took vitamin C lowered blood glucose and lipid levels.84 subjects were given either 500 mg or 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily for a six week period. Researchers found that, at the conclusion of the study, the group that received the higher dose had significant declines in serum insulin and blood glucose levels. Those that took 500mg did not show any notable difference.

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